autarchy

 , autarky
 The first means absolute power, an autocracy; the second denotes self-sufficiency. However, neither word is well known, and in almost every instance an English synonym would bring an improvement in comprehension, if not in elegance.

Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.

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  • Autarchy — Au tar*chy, n. [Gr. ? independence; a yto s self + arkei^n to be sufficient.] 1. Self sufficiency, especially economic self sufficiency as applied to nations. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. same as {autarky}. Syn: autarky. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • autarchy — (n.) 1660s, absolute sovereignty, from Gk. autarkhia, from autarkhein to be an absolute ruler, from autos self (see AUTO (Cf. auto )) + arkhein to rule (see ARCHON (Cf. archon)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • autarchy — autarky, autonomy, independence, freedom, sovereignty (see under FREE adj) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • autarchy — [ô′tär΄kē] n. pl. autarchies [Gr autarchia < autarchos, autocrat, absolute ruler < autos, self + archos: see ARCH ] 1. absolute rule or sovereignty; autocracy 2. a country under such rule 3. AUTARKY autarchic adj. autarchical …   English World dictionary

  • autarchy — autarky UK [ˈɔːtə(r)kɪ] / US [ˈɔtərkɪ] or autarchy UK / US noun 1) [uncountable] a form of government in which one person has complete power 2) [uncountable] the state of economic independence from other countries or areas 3) [countable] a… …   English dictionary

  • autarchy — I. noun Etymology: by alteration Date: 1617 autarky II. noun (plural chies) Etymology: Greek autarchia, from aut + archia archy Date: 1665 absolute sovereignty ; autocracy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • autarchy — autarchic, autarchical, adj. autarchically, adv. autarchist, n. /aw tahr kee/, n., pl. autarchies. 1. absolute sovereignty. 2. an autocratic government. 3. autarky. [1655 65; < Gk autarchía self rule. See AUT , ARCHY] * * * …   Universalium

  • autarchy — noun a) A condition of absolute power. b) An autocratic government; an autocracy. Syn: independence, self sufficiency, autonomy See Also: autarky …   Wiktionary

  • autarchy — Synonyms and related words: Caesarism, Declaration of Independence, Stalinism, absolute monarchy, absolutism, aristocracy, autarky, authoritarianism, autocracy, autonomy, benevolent despotism, coalition government, colonialism, commonwealth,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • autarchy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A government in which a single leader or party exercises absolute control over all citizens and every aspect of their lives: absolutism, autocracy, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, tyranny. See OVER, POLITICS …   English dictionary for students

  • autarchy — au|tar|chy especially BrE autarky AmE [ˈo:ta:ki US ˈo:ta:r ] n plural autarchies [U and C] [Date: 1600 1700; : Greek; Origin: autarchia, from auto ( AUTO ) + archia ( ARCHY)] formal a policy in which a country or area does not want or need goods …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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